How Beauty Saved the Beast

How Beauty Saved the Beast

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by Jax Garren

Book two of Tales of the Underlight

Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she's honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their


Book two of Tales of the Underlight

Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she's honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their division, Jolie finds herself grappling with jealousy.

The Underlight gave Hauk a purpose, but he can't escape his past completely. The physical and emotional scars from the fire that killed seven fellow Army Rangers will mark him forever. Jolie sends his protective instincts into overdrive, but he's convinced he'll never be worthy of her love.

Hauk is determined to keep Jolie from harm. But when the Order of Ananke ambushes them with a new weapon that neutralizes Hauk, making him vulnerable, it's Jolie who must tap into her hidden strengths to rescue him—or risk losing him forever…

Sequel to How Beauty Met the Beast.

52,000 words

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Jolie Benoit tapped a nervous fist against the steering wheel of her Nissan GT-R coupe as she squinted through the gloaming at the abandoned slaughterhouse. "They've been gone too long." She turned to Travis, the other newbie on the field team, for confirmation. "Fifteen minutes is too long, isn't it? They were supposed to be back in five."

He looked up from the laptop, where he was using their wait time to work on his latest news article. "Don't ask me—I'm the team bard."

"Bard? You've been playing way too much D&D."

Travis snorted as he calmly went back to his computer.

Jolie studied his profile. "Hauk brought you along to make sure I stayed in the car, didn't he?" She couldn't decide if she was asking him or simply announcing a fact. In a job that was supposed to be an in-and-out easy affair, Travis's presence seemed superfluous, but she wouldn't put it past the drill sergeant to sic a babysitter on her.

"Maybe it's taking longer than anticipated to find the documents. It's a big place," was Travis's only comment.

"Or maybe something went wrong." Jolie tapped her head back against the seat. "I am not sit-in-the-car-and-wait girl. This job sucks." She grabbed the door handle. "I'm going in."

Travis put a restraining hand on her arm. Jolie could've easily broken his hold, but she paused anyway for him to say, "Hauk will have my head if I let you do something stupid. So keep my head attached to my body. Stay in the car." Yup. Travis was her babysitter. Great.

"He'll have to go through me to get to your head, I promise." Jolie opened the door. "Besides, we're anarchists. If he expects me to stick to the plan he dictated, he's an idiot."

Travis snorted a laugh and let her out of the car. "Tell him I put up a good fight. Hey, and Jolie?"

She looked back at him.

"Be careful."

"I will." She dropped her car fob in the front seat. "Keep the engine running, and drive away if you're about to get caught." She patted the roof. "I want my car in one piece."

Jolie bumped the door shut with her hip and headed for the abattoir. It had been shut down just last year when the business moved further out of town.

Further out of town, harder for inspectors to reach. But The Underlight had gotten a tip that records were still kept in the offices—records that would prove the slaughterhouse had been falsifying injury reports to OSHA. It was no secret that slaughterhouses did it all the time, but catching them was the trick. And that was where The Underlight came in. The secret society's work to expose corporate corruption wasn't exactly legal, but in Jolie's eyes, it was necessary. She'd been introduced to their ranks two months ago and had immediately signed up for field work. Hauk, also known as ex-Staff Sergeant Wesley Haukon, formerly of the Army Rangers, had given her basic training in defensive tactics, weapons and being generally sneaky. She wasn't great in a fight yet, but she was strong and fast, and she'd gotten good at avoiding danger.

Quietly as she could, Jolie made her way up to the building. Though only abandoned for a year, the roads were already breaking up into grass and the exterior of the fortress-looking structure was redecorated in neon graffiti a good eight feet into the air. Hauk and Brayden, The Underlight's computer expert, had intended to go to the foreman's office on the second floor, where it overlooked what had been the killing floor.

Meet the Author

Tales of the Underlight author Jax Garren is descended from Valkyries and Vikings (she's part Swedish) but was raised a small town girl in the Texas Hill Country. She graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in English and a minor in Latin then found her own Happily Ever After with an engineer who is saving the world through clean energy. She's always happy to raise a glass with her readers to toast courage, adventure and love. Find her online at

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How Beauty Saved the Beast 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Add it to your list! Just as good if not better then the first two, read them all you won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in 1 day. But I want my HEA already.. The jealously from the Ashly character was too drawn out. I had little patience with Brian making his appearance. That being said I just bought book 3 because the HEA should be Awesome
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
The second book in Jax Garren’s Tales of the Underlight Series brings us back together with Hauk & Jolie pretending that there is nothing more between them then friendship.  But after a scorching hot kiss between them in the work out room the door to more is finally open.  But who is going to take that first step in.   Just when things look like they are finally going to go right for Hauk & Jolie in walks Hauk’s old high school flame.  But the real question is who is this old girlfriend and what does she really want with Hauk.  Oh my goodness these two are killing me.  I just wanted to grab them throw them into a room and lock the door.  Hauk & Jolie are perfect for eachother and I so can’t wait to see what Jax has in store for them in the next book in this series.  This was another great story from Jax.   Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this series! Highly recommend for anyone who loves the classic Beauty and the Beast.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Jax Garren seamlessly pulls readers back into her action packed Tales of the Underlight world. The sequel installment to How Beauty Met the Beast is longer and lovelier with dances around Hauk and Jolie's relationship, a deeper look into Hauk's past, and the inevitable surprising plot twist. Hauk and Jolie's connection to one another is as strong as ever. How Beauty Saved the Beast opens with a very good example of how much closer Hauk and Jolie have become, and how well they've gotten to know each other. I actually liked their dancing around an official relationship because it added a touch of romantic suspense on top of the suspense of not knowing what trouble would befall the Austin Underlight. When Hauk's ex-girlfriend, Ashley, comes into the picture she not only creates tension and jealousy between the two, but gives them both a reason to evaluate their feelings. The introduction of this new character served multiple purposes: showing that there's much more to the Order of Ananke than previously thought, widening our perspective of their goals and resources and giving us the chance to learn more details about Hauk's past. The romance is as hot and spicy as ever, but what really made my jaws drop in this installment was the surprising revelations about Hauk. While he continues to deny the existence of magic and mysticism in his world, he can't deny the uncontrollable rages that he experiences when his Jolie is threatened. The source of this mysterious affliction is unknown, until Hauk is put in a position that means the forfeiting the lives of his friends or the lives of his enemies. I already expected that the Tales of Underlight would, little by little, reveal more beneath the surface of what Jax has already shared, but never did I expect the expertly woven ties to Norse mythology. The Tales of the Underlight is a series to read! Both How Beauty Met the Beast and How Beauty Saved the Beast are highly entertaining fantasy reads with a kick of romance and action that gets stronger and stronger! *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Jetches More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that they are finally getting their stuff together! Well, sort of. Jolie and Hauk are attracted to one another and they finally start to realize it! But this book is more than your typical beauty falls for the beast. This book starts off with an explosion, and grabs your attention from that moment forward. Throw in a past love of Hauk’s and you have one feisty Jolie. I will state that there are some moments when I was a little confused because the magic and mythological elements aren’t explained very well, but you tend to get the jist of it. I also found myself forgetting who some people were, but after a while I began to remember, however it was a little confusing until then. I have to admit that like Jolie I have completely forgotten about how Hauk “looks” and have simply fallen for him, even when he is ‘beasted’ out and carrying her home. There are some aspects of Jolie that I still don’t like. Although she doesn’t seem to care about her wealthy background is has unknowingly affected her, and she sometimes tends to act like a brat. There is also a take-charge attitude that she has gained in this novel that I found I really liked as a development. I also liked the fact that Jolie was more of the hero is this novel. Girl-power…what can I say? But, I do also miss the type of action that we had from Hauk in the first novel. It’s going to be very interesting to see how these two form a relationship in the world and circumstances that they live in. Good: Hauk—in my opinion…sexy. Jolie—She is changing and becoming more of a tough woman that is willing to take what she wants. Bad: Some moments and some parts were a little confusing. Science Fiction is not generally my genre of reading so when I read about being brain-washed via a tattoo I get a little sceptical. There also some things, like how Hauk had the tattoo prior to the fire, that I didn’t really understand. Like how he got it. That kind of stuff. It almost felt like it was added in to help explain instead of being apart of the overall plot. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I find the series is coming along very well. I like the chemistry between the characters, and how to plot is starting to develop. I found that it was fairly easy to follow, although sometimes I did have to re-read parks to make sure I understood. I had some confusion about the characters and generally when starting a new novel in a series authors give a short re-cap, which would have been helpful. The story line got a little confusing in this novel, but it feels like its developing and hopefully more will be revealed in the next book. Jax Garren takes you on a romantic, girl-power filled adventure in How Beauty Saved the Beast that leaves you with the promise of something so much more wonderful in the next book
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story picks up 2 months after How Beauty Met the Beast. Jolie's joined the Underlight and Hauk is training her to handle herself in the field. They are still in the friend territory but there is still that spark there between the two. However, Jolie feels threatened when Hauk's ex transfers to their location. It's obvious that these two were really close and Hauk seems really excited to have Ashley around. But there's not much time for Jolie to stress about it too much because the enemy has set their sites on capturing Hauk. When it comes to a series, I generally love the first book and then lose interest as the series continues. But I wound up liking this one MORE than the first book. I loved the sexual tension between Jolie and Hauk. I loved how close that they'd become in the 2 months time since we last saw them. And I LOVE that we finally get answers as to why Hauk blacks out and goes crazy when he's fighting. The magical world that Jax creates is awesome. I love how her hero is not this drop dead gorgeous guy but yet has the biggest heart and by far the best character of everyone combined. "He was a behemoth of a man with scars striping and pockmarking most of his body - he'd been in a fire in Afghanistan that had destroyed more than three-quarters of his skin-and had reclaimed his damaged exterior with tribal tattoos and metal piercings." This is an amazing continuation of the story. You can't just jump into the storyline with this one though. You've got to start from the beginning otherwise you may be a bit lost with somethings that takes place. But if you're a huge fan of paranormal romance with an urban twist, this is a MUST. I mean you get magic, burlesque, transgenders, a wounded hero and a mythical mystery all wrapped into one awesome romance. I can't wait to see where Jax takes this story next but I'll be impatiently waiting for the next book to come out.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Jolie Benoit has now joined the Underlight. The Underlight is a secret organization, its main goal is to neutralize the Ananke. The Ananke is a goddess worshipping group of magical users that is intent on world domination and control at any cost. Wesley Haukon, Hauk, is her trainer. An ex-military sergeant, Hauk was badly disfigured by fire. The circumstances around the accident that killed his squad and destroyed his appearance are questionable at best, but Hauk has been tried and found guilty for the death and murder of his squad and is now hiding in the Underlight. Hauk and Jolie have some serious communication issues but one thing is for certain, the sexual attraction between them is combustible. Hauk wants to protect Jolie from any harm and Jolie just wants to be one of the team. The Ananke is once again after Hauk and Jolie must rely on her inner strength and new found friendships to save her friend.  There is just something about Jax Garren’s writing the pulls me in. I get completely riveted to her story telling. The twist on Beauty and the Beast and not what you would expect and I am definitely thrilled with her adaptation. Jolie is from a rich family, who has deep ties in the Ananke’s ranks. Hauk is from a poorer upbringing, with an mysterious super human ability. I loved watching these two wonderful characters develop and their relationship grow. Now that I’ve read 2 books in this series its official, I’m a full fledge fan! This ARC copy of How Beauty Saved the Beast was given to me by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 11, 2013.